A double standard bias implies that a situation is being seen or treated differently depending on what parties are involved. Often times this difference of treatment is based on trivial principles that CANNOT BE CONTROLLED by the parties. The only time one party should be treated differently than another party is if one party’s situation is different than the other party’s situation. When principles we cannot control affect our lives negatively, it makes us feel confused, which then leads to nervousness, fear, anger, hostility, and possibly, violence or warfare. Examples of principles that cannot be controlled are: gender, appearance (ethnicity), beliefs (religion), sexual orientation (yes, this cannot be controlled), and background (heritage or history). Many of the violent crimes that are committed in the first place are based on conflicts among certain groups that are caused by distrust, which in turn is often caused by prejudice, double standards, and other forms of partiality. The more violence that occurs among the groups, the more distrust is felt, which amplifies feelings of prejudice and partiality. It’s a deadly cycle. If the prejudice and partiality among these groups was resolved, or at least improved, there would be more trust and less violence among the groups. The consequences or rewards someone receives should be based on his or her actions and the things that are within his or her control, not society’s general opinion of someone that is based on something NOT within his or her control. Double standards, as humorous or purposeful as they may seem to be, are ultimately threatening because they can lead to fear and confusion among groups, which could lead to violence or at least unnecessary discomfort and stress. If we want less violence and confusion in the world, we need to increase trust. We cannot have trust if there is unfair treatment. Double standards are a form of unfair treatment and are not necessary to make the world go ‘round. They are a catalyst for hostility, and it is easy to suppress them. All we have to do is allow ourselves to be educated, educate others, frequently check in with our feelings, and refuse the urge to submit to closed-mindedness and spiritual laziness.